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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (2003)

by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

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I really like this book and thought it was a great informational picture book. The writing is descriptive and clear. The writing is engaging and flows. The text is written in different places and patterns, which kept me reading and interested through out the book. The characters are believable because they are based off of real animals. The plot is organized and paced well. The illustrations support and enhance the story. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. The big idea of the book is learning and exploring about animals and all the different things they can do with their eyes, ears, mouths, nose, feet, and tails. "Animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet in very different ways. See if you can guess which animal each part belongs to and how it is used. At the back of the book you can find out more about these animals." The book is also interactive, which made it entertaining and engaging. "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." ( )
  smeyer8 | Nov 10, 2014 |
Animals come in all shapes and sizes. In this book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, we discover how animals use their eyes, ears, noses, mouths, tails, and feet to perform different tasks.

This easy-to-read non-fiction book is beautifully illustrated using cut-paper collage creating a textured appearance. ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 17, 2014 |
This book is a wonderful book if you want to learn more about how animals use different parts of their body. This book really fascinated me because I really liked hearing about different animals and how their body works. If you like hearing about animals and discovering new stuff about them, then this will be a great book for you. ( )
  MaeJ | May 28, 2014 |
“What Do You Do With a Tail Like This” is an informational book that follows many different uncommon animals and their strengths. The main idea is to inform the audience of the body parts that help an animal most in its life. It shows the reader what characteristics that animals have to help them live. One way the author gets this message across is through splitting the book into sections. He splits the book into what to do with a tail/eyes/nose/ears like this and so on. This helps the reader categorize the animals and see what body parts of animals give them their strengths. Another way the author gets the main idea across is by giving the reader the chance to guess the animals that the next few pages will discuss. For example, a page will have a page that says “what do you do with a nose like these?” and the reader is supposed to guess the animals that belong to the nose on the page. This is an interactive way to pull the reader into the book and get them involved. I really enjoyed how this book made an informational text very interactive and fun. While reading this it almost didn’t even seem like an informational text. Another great feature of this book that greatly added to its content and purpose was at the end of the book there was more in depth descriptions of the animals like where they are found and what they do. Because many of the animals are not very common this was a helpful tool that added to the learning of the reader and the meaning of the book. ( )
  CarolinePfrang | May 6, 2014 |
This would be a nice introduction to non-fiction for a Kindergartner. It is an informational text on what animals do with different parts of their bodies. It is a really fun colorful book that children will really enjoy. They will have fun guessing what that body part is used for. The end of the book has a glossary that explains the animals more in depth. I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend for grades K and up. ( )
  Imandayeh | Apr 24, 2014 |
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Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book. Children will learn that lizards can completely break off their tail as a defense and that it will grow back. And, they'll find out that crickets' ears are on their knees. Most fish have two eyes, but some have four, the better to see above and below the water at the same time. These are just a few of the fascinating facts of nature dangled out front to draw readers into this beautifully illustrated book. On each spread, five different animals' tails, ears, eyes, or other body parts, done in vibrant cut-paper collage, appear with a simple question ("What do you do with a- like this?"). The next spread shows the five creatures in their entirety and offers a brief explanation. For example, "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." The back pages offer more information for older or more curious readers. This is a great book for sharing one-on-one or with a group.
added by ReneHohls | editSchool Library Journal, Wanda Meyers-Hines (May 7, 2013)
 
Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Five examples of each organ thrusting in from beyond the pages’ edges for each “What do you do” question precede spreads in which the point of view pulls back to show the whole animal, with a short accompanying caption. Visual surprises abound: a field cricket’s ears are actually on its legs; a horned lizard can (and does, here) squirt blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism; in an ingenious use of page design, a five-lined skink’s breakable tail enters and leaves the center gutter at different points. Capped by a systematic appendix furnishing more, and often arresting, details—“A humpback whale can be 50 feet long and weigh a ton per foot”—this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
 
Here's another exceptional cut-paper science book from Jenkins, this time put together with a partner, and like previous books, it's a stunner. An opening page, clearly explaining how to use the book, is followed by a double-page spread picturing the mouths of several different animals, accompanied by the question, "What do you do with a mouth like this?" The next spread shows each animal in full, explaining in a few simple words how the part functions. Tail, ears, nose, and eyes are covered in the same manner. A picture glossary at the back shows each animal again, postage-stamp size, with an informative note elaborating on the creature's special adaptation. The notes also neatly answer questions that might arise during a reading (Why do horned lizards squirt blood out their eyes?) and add to the interactive aspect of the book. A variety of animals is represented--some (elephant, hippo, chimp) will be comfortably familiar; others (four-eyed fish, blue-footed booby) are of interest because of their strangeness. Jenkins' handsome paper-cut collages are both lovely and anatomically informative, and their white background helps emphasize the particular feature, be it the bush baby's lustrous, liquid-brown eyes or the skunk's fuzzy tail. This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art.
added by ReneHohls | editBooklist, ALA Starred Review, Tim Arnold
 

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What do you do with a nose like this?
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Beautifully detailed collage illustrations (cut paper) show a wide variety of interesting animals -- including lizards whose tails break off when they run away and a creature whose eyes spurt blood to scare off predators. Format alternates between spreads with a particular body part highlighted -- tails, eyes, ears, etc -- and spreads with the entire animal shown and a brief description of what those parts DO. The final pages show each animal and give a bit more information about each one (habitat and such). A big winner for preschoolers, primary students, and intermediate students with an interest in the animal world.
"What do you do with a tail like this?" offers lots of information about different animals and the fuctions of various body parts in nicely bite-sized pieces that children will be able to process and compare. I like the "more information" at the end for readers who are still curious. I would use this book to talk about animals, for comparison and contrast activities, for discussion multiple functions of a given item (hand, nose, eyes, whathaveyou), and for talking about body parts in general.
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A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03:31 -0400)

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Animals can do amazing things with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails. Some of the skills are highlighed in this interactive guessing book. What bird has blue feet and what does he do with them that's special?

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